New Delhi: India cricket team’s coach Ravi Shastri has quashed all social media talk of MS Dhoni retiring over an innocous moment following the third ODI against England.
However, Virat Kohli-led Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has squashed all the speculation, terming them “rubbish” while indicating that Dhoni is not going anywhere.
“MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun. He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had endured, to get a general idea of what the conditions were like,” Shastri said.
“That’s rubbish. MS is not going anywhere,” added the Indian cricket team head coach.
In Video grab of Dhoni taking the ball from the umpire led many to believe that the veteran is going to retire – much like how he took the stumps following India and Australia’s Test draw in 2014. A few days later, he surprisingly announced retirement from the longest format of the game.
Dhoni asked for the ball from umpires Bruce Oxenford and Michael Gough as the teams walked back towards the pavilion. India lost the third ODI by 8-wickets and with that the series 2-1 for first bilateral series lost since 2016.
Dhoni had come under fire following his 59-ball 37-run knock in the second ODI of the series at Lord’s. In fact, the crowd at the iconic venue booed Dhoni in the same game where he completed 10,000 ODI runs. he became fourth Indian and 12th overall in ODI history to score 10,000 runs to join the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya on the elite list.
Dhoni announced his Test retirement in 2014, has played 321 ODIs and 93 T20Is. In 321 ODIs, Dhoni has scored 10046 runs at an average of 51.25. He has 10 centuries and 67 fifties to his name. Earlier, Dhoni has amassed 1487 runs in 93 T20Is at an average of 37.17, including two half-centuries.